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The plot involves a peace conference between the Federation of Planets and the troublesome Klingons. The Klingons are hoping to perform a little damage control after triggering a mining disaster on on... read more read more...e of their moons; their spokesman is the seemingly contrite General Chang (Christopher Plummer). All negotiations abruptly cease when a Klingon vessel is attacked, and Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) are accused of the crime. As they stand trial for murder, Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Vulcanian trainee Lt. Valeris (Kim Cattrall) try to locate the real culprits. It turns out that Kirk and McCoy are victims of a conspiracy to foment further hostilities between the Good Guys and the Klingons. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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PG, 1 hr. 49 min.

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

Release Date: December 3, 1991

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DVD Release Date: January 26, 1999

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  • May 6, 2014
    After the somewhat lacking The Final Frontier, The Undiscovered Country manages to retain a new found vigor in storytelling in the franchise. I found this film to be the best since the Wrath of Kahn and it was a well crafted Science Fiction film that had a vibe that this one had ... read moresomething to prove. Although I didn't mind the previous film in the franchise, I felt that there was something missing. With this entry, the filmmakers manage to deliver a picture that adds what was missing, and it's an exciting, thrilling feature that has a good story, effective performances and memorable thrills. The Undiscovered Country is a much more refined sequel, one that is a return to form of the first few films, and in doing so, the filmmakers also add much needed depth to the story, which makes for a truly interesting film. This is a highly engaging film, one that is sure to delight fans of the franchise as well as genre fans. Considering that this is a sixth entry, the film manages to work well to entertain viewers and offer everything you'd expect from a Star Trek film. I think that this is one of the strongest efforts in the franchise, and not since the second film, has a film in this series been this good. The film may not be perfect, but it's nonetheless worthwhile entertainment for viewers that want an effective and memorable Science Fiction film to watch. There are plenty of good moments to be had here, and The Undiscovered Country is a strong entry in the franchise, and like I've said, one of the best since The Wrath of Kahn. With great effects, good performances, a well developed script, this film is a highly entertaining film going experience, one that is sure to entertain you from start to finish.
  • March 2, 2014
    Captain Kirk and Bones are arrested for the assassination of the Klingon Chancellor during a diplomatic mission and so Spock and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise set about proving their innocence and preventing the outbreak of war. Very much preparing the ground for the cre... read morew of The Next Generation, the sixth instalment of the Trek franchise is a far more po-faced affair than the high camp previous offerings. The knockabout charm and self-deprecating humour that was the hallmark of the series is glaring in its absence, leaving us with a rather workmanlike and sterile cold war style sci fi thriller. The plot is simplistic and cliched, the effects are variable at best and the amusing banter between the crew mates is replaced by tedious soul searching. There's even little in the way of action, the only notable sequence only arriving after an hour and a half of drearily directed, pompous waffle littered with literary references pilfered from Shakespeare and Conan Doyle. The Undiscovered Country makes the critical error of taking Trek seriously and as a result it is, in my opinion at least, the dullest and most forgettable entry in the franchise.
  • fb733768972
    March 31, 2013
    Coming fresh off it's predecessor, it this film did not have to try at all in order to impress, and whether it gave it it's all or not, it is a far superior film in every way, and being in the early 90's, the visuals have clearly begun to become something fantastic! I am certain ... read morethat the films can be great, knowing that they can dig themselves out of a hole that big, which was left by "The Final Frontier." The art direction is much better, the direction is top notch, the chemistry between the actors has become something very peaceful to watch. I wish this film was a little more exciting, but it was a very impressive return to form for the series!
  • July 5, 2012
    So here we are with the sixth and final adventure with the legendary old classic crew and by far the best film of the six in personal opinion. Yes I will say it now, this film is my personal favourite out of all the Trek films including the next gen crew and the recent prequel.

    ... read moreIts strange really, up to this point the previous films have been average in visuals and in some cases bland in plot, but this last entry really comes back with a bang. It does feel as if everyone really came together and pushed for the best send off possible for both the fans and the original cast...and boy did they get it right.

    First up, visuals, what on Titan happened here? all of a sudden this franchise looks delicious. The sets look polished and real with actual depth, costumes maintain the naval militaristic feel as ever but look devilishly sharp, models glide through space with ease and rival some Star Wars work and all technical electrical effects actually appear as if they could be real, hardly any dodgy bluescreen anywhere folks!.

    The whole film is packed with colour and flare making it an absolute joy to watch, the colour schemes are perfect (I loved the purple coloured shock wave that engulfed the 'Excelsior') with everything looking neat and pinpoint. It really is a complete departure from all the previous films and such a victory for all involved.

    The plot is outrageously simple I must admit, again with the Klingon's. The Klingon's want peace with 'the Federation' (well with everyone really) after a disaster threatens their homeworld, pfft now they want peace when they need major help eh. Certain factions don't want this, there is an assassination, 'Kirk' is blamed, imprisoned and everyone is at each others throats once again.

    I think it was a wise move to use the Klingon's as the enemy in this final film. The Klingon's are the classic enemy and what better way to go down in a blaze of glory than kicking some Klingon ass (I think the Russian cold war theories/allegories can be laid to rest now). Of course by the end everyone is supposedly friends and at peace (or on the way to that) which is a bit wussy but I can see what they were aiming for hehe.

    Talking of Klingon's, who would of thought Chris Plummer would make a brilliant Klingon huh? Some righteous casting there my friends, a sterling choice. Plummer is a Klingon badass in this despite the fact he actually does nothing other than spout Klingon. The mark of a great actor there, he merely struts around and throws out the bards work in his pitch perfect speaking voice yet at the same time he looks imposing, threatening and powerful, absolute badass! I loved the little touch with his eyepatch being bolted onto his face, literately bolted into his klingon skull.

    There really wasn't a foot put wrong here in my opinion, lets not forget about Warner as the Klingon chancellor 'Gorkon'. The man wasn't involved for very long but again he made his presence felt with a great klingon character performance. Just like 'Chang' he looked every bit the complete warrior with his tusk cane and weathered facial hair, he also looked pretty tough and imposing too. Clearly both characters are remembered due to the actors that made them, they both really gave the film a classic 'proper' feel.

    This final outing really had it all, great space battles, quirky jokes and even a good old fashioned alien filled prison on a snow planet, every sci-fi needs a good 'Mos Eisley cantina' type moment. I loved that whole idea and seeing all the odd aliens (who wouldn't), just a shame it didn't quite look as good as it should of but there are some glorious location shots later on which really sell it.

    Very much in tone with the first new prequel if you ask me, in fact the prequel borrowed the snow planet idea briefly methinks. An extremely fun film to watch which has all the hallmarks of an epic space opera, the typical good humour we all know and love plus bright vivid visuals that really heighten your enjoyment and add an almost comicbook adaptation feel to the proceedings.

    A stirring send off with all the team inscribing their signatures across the screen against a space background whilst the classic Star Trek theme plays in the background. It was a beautiful way to go and almost brings a tear to your eye, and I'm not a Trekkie.

    The final film, the best film and the perfect finale.
  • April 20, 2011
    I really wanted to like this last Star Trek movie, it's just not as good as the ones form the 80s, but at least it isn't as boring as the first movie. Overall it's just okay.
  • January 13, 2011
    The final Star Trek film to feature all of the original cast is quite a doozy. From the very beginning, the Klingons have always been based on the Soviet Era Russians. This film closely (but in a fictionalized way) parallels history by echoing the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ... read moreeventual end of the Soviet Union.

    The regular cast are fine (or more than fine) as always, but it is really obvious that they're all getting really old. After all, this film came out the year that the series celebrated its 25th anniversary. The cast new to the movie are also pretty good, especially a gleefully scenery chewing Christopher Plummer who has a nailed in eye patch and quotes tons of Shakespeare.

    Like The Voyage Home, there is a pretty good dose of humor, and this is a highly entertaining film, but it's not quite as funny as TVH. Also, I think this may just be the darkest of all of the Trek films. The humor and serious stuff actually blend fairly well, but still, this is a very dark and serious film. Besides having a connection to history, it's also a good murder mystery yarn with some neat and interesting twsits, turns, and developments. I like how it all unfolds.

    I liked the ending to this one, and thought it was very poignant and well done. One can't help but get a little misty eyed or feel an overwhelming sense of nostalgia during the sign off right before the credits. I think my favorite part though might be all of the chunks of purple Klingon blood floating around in zero-gravity, which would look really cool in 3-D. Anyway, I highly recommend this one. It's an overall satisfying film, and one of my favorites of the series.
  • April 8, 2010
    The final chapter of The Original Series films is an excellent farewell for Captain Kirk and his crew, concluding their long journey with a great political mystery plot that cleverly parallels the end of the Cold War, whilst embracing the future that bears new adventures for the ... read moreNext Generation Enterprise.
  • September 21, 2009
    The last Star Trek film with the complete original line up isn?t the best of send offs but its subject matter is probably the most original and fitting with the universal, multicultural and ?everyone?s welcome? feel of the cult following.
  • July 16, 2009
    These last couple of movies were basically glorified episodes of a tv show. The middle movies were really fun, but this one was simply okay. A farewell movie to the cast for the most part. I like how Star Trek uses the same actors over and over but put them in different make up.
  • May 13, 2009
    Short Review

    This has to be one of the best of the original star trek crew films. It's just excellent and so so underated. Everything that a Trek fan like me wants in a a Trek film; decent plot, script up-to scratch and just an all round excellent film. What's so grea... read moret is brining back to Klingons, Kirk's bitter revials, really sets out for some excellent scenes with the crew of the Enterprise. You can really see the tension between the two camps which makes for a perfect film. I find it difficult to critically rate a Trek film as you might find out from reading reviews of star trek films that I've done.

    One of my favourite Trek films.

    Highly recomended.


Critic Reviews

Variety Staff
May 19, 2008
Variety Staff, Variety

Weighed down by a midsection even flabbier than the long-in-the-tooth cast, director Nicholas Meyer still delivers enough of what Trek auds hunger for to justify the trek to the local multiplex. Full Review

Derek Adams
February 9, 2006
Derek Adams, Time Out

Though patchy, this is a lot more fun than the disastrous Star Trek V. Full Review

Janet Maslin
May 20, 2003
Janet Maslin, New York Times

The principals' enthusiasm for their material has never seemed to fade. If anything, that enthusiasm grows more appealingly nutty with time. Full Review

Desson Thomson
January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson, Washington Post

Director/coscripter Nicholas Meyer moves this vehicle efficiently. He employs some tremendous visuals. Full Review

Hal Hinson
January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson, Washington Post

If, indeed, Star Trek VI turns out to be the last of the series, it couldn't have made a more felicitous or more satisfying exit. Full Review

James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

For a movie that begins with such promise, The Undiscovered Country ends with a whimper. Full Review

Tim Brayton
May 30, 2013
Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

Not very great Star Trek, but it's such an impeccably made popcorn movie that it's just not worth it to pretend that it matters. Full Review

Scott Nash
July 2, 2010
Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs

Nice to see you in action for one last time, Captain Kirk. Full Review

John A. Nesbit
February 17, 2010
John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews

entertains and has a number of interesting comments on contemporary human affairs Full Review

Charles Cassady
December 1, 2009
Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media

Cold War-influenced exit of classic space crew. Full Review

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    • General Chang: To be... or not to be?
    • Chancellor Gorkon: You don't trust me, do you? I don't blame you. If there is to be a brave new world, our generation is going to have the hardest time living in it.
    • Mr. Spock: If I were human I believe my response would be "go to hell." If I were human.
    • Hikaru Sulu: Target that explosion and fire!
    • Mr. Spock: Mr. Scott, I understand you are experiencing difficulties with the warp drive?
    • Montgomery "Scotty" Scott: There's nothing wrong with the bloody...
    • Mr. Spock: Mr. Scott, if we return to Spacedock, then not only will we lost the chance to discover who is behind all this, then it is also likely that we will never see Captain Kirk or Doctor McCoy alive again.
    • Montgomery "Scotty" Scott: Could take weeks, sir.
    • General Chang: We need breathing room.
    • James T. Kirk: Earth, Hitler, 1938.

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